tv U.S. Senate Sens. Udall Kaine on Government Shutdown CSPAN January 18, 2019 12:42am-12:57am EST
mr. president, president trump, but the shutdown command or shutdown has gone on too long. why is president of trump punishing folks like so much of my constituents that have nothing to do with disagreements about border security. the exasperation and my tone, you are right we democrats areri exasperated. the president and leader mcconnell are ignoring the overwhelming will of the american people so we urge our colleagues to think about this. we know president trump is not interested in ending the shutdown.
i yield the floor. >> you are yielding to me to talk about the interior department in the bill. okay. let me just thank you for your vigilance. when we have 800,000 federal employees across the country and their families are hurting you've been vigilant with this. your estate in virginia, you and senator warner are very concerned, senator heinrich and bicycles are concerned about what's happening in new mexico, and i want to speak a little b bit. i rise today to call on this body to take action and immediately end the shutdown
that is causing tragic consequences and the lives of americans. we are on day number 27 of the shutdown the longest in history. every day my constituents are asking me what are we goin doino end this sense was shut down so i'm here demanding that we opened the government. demanding that we do our jobs as a coequal branch of government, do you that we pass by person appropriation bills. i have the privilege of serving as the ranking member of the interior appropriations subcommittee. and i know how critical the interior bill is particularly to my home state of mexico and states across the west and across the country. the interior bill fun this basic services like healthcare and
public safety for 2 million alaska natives through the indian health service and the bureau of indian affairs. this bill keeps the air and water clean through the work of the environmental protection agency. this bill protects and preserves national parks and other lands and helps support small businesses that depend on them. the agencies and this bill fund science, wildlife protection, energy development and arts and cultural programs in every state and they employ tens of thousands of americans. there is no reason they should be shuttered. they are simplybe too important. this shutdown is particularly devastating for indian country. every day the president continues to treat tribal programs like hostages for
political gain. by his action, he g and and dangerous families across the country. ultra poor health clinics that serve urban indians have closed their doors forced to turn patients away. tribal court programs are in jeopardy, food distribution in d social service programs are on the chopping block. law-enforcement services are stretched to thehe breaking poi. thousands of tribal members are furloughed old to devastating effect. indian country is paying the price foror every day the president's reckless shutdown continues. these are people's lives and livelihoods on the line. our government is completely failing to withhold his trust and treaty obligations to native americans and all for what a wildly expensive and effective
wall that this nation doesn't want and a vanity project for a president that us and putting the best interest of the country first. it doesn't make any sense. we need to pass the interior appropriations bill so that we can reopen the entire national park system along with other public lands and do so safely. already we've heard about the tragic impact of the shutdown on our parks including thousand-year-old joshua trees cut down in california, and fossils have been looted out the carlsbad caverns in my home state of new mexico. we can't let this kind of damage have been to our most treasured places and we must ensure small businesses that depend on the public lands from fishing guides to gas stations and hotels are able to thrive and keep the
economy strong. across the board this is hurting businesses, contractors and several workers. even the president's own counsel on economic advisers released figures doubling the expected impact of the economy. think about that. the president's own aid admit the shutdown is worse than they anticipated. this is totally unacceptable, but it's not too late to change the situation. we can end the shutdown today. all it takes is enough of my republican colleagues and friends to find the courage to join us to pass the appropriation bills and send a message to the white house we need to reopen the government. so, mr. president, i want to say to them let's join together to make sure the tribal health clinics are open and tribal law
enforcement officers are on patrol. were on patrol. let's work side-by-side to reopen the national park system and other public lands that ensure there are enough staff members on the ground to protect the nation's most cherished natural and cultural resources. let's pass by person appropriation bills without delay. i don't understand how the chamber can stand by and watch the devastating effects of this shutdown on the nation. in new mexico we estimate that there are at least 10,800 federal workers working without pay or are furloughed outright and nationwide an estimated 800,000 federal workers and as many as 2 million federal contractors that may be affected. we are talking about millions of people's paychecks being held hostage for a border wall that
the american public doesn't support. yesterday i stood on the floor and talked about the impact the shutdown is having on the family of carlsbad new mexico. they are depending on a paycheck to help keep the family afloat as they deal with a disabled son who had two brain surgeries. the family was already dealing with one of the worst crises a family can go through, and now they have to worry about how to pay for basic necessities. they are just one example of the lives at stake but it's not just federal workers and federal contractors. every single american relies on the federal government for essential public safety and security. the food and drug administration shuts down contaminated food can kill thousands. tsa agents and air traffic controllers we rely on to keep
air travel safe. they are unpaid. and in a massive irony, president of trump's shutdown means the department of homeland security is unpaid. there are an estimated 2,000 new mexicans we rely on for border security, international trade, and integration work. they are unpaid. this really, truly is matt ness. for their sake and the sake of all who are affected by this tragic situation, we need to end the shutdown now. the consequences of inaction are too great. and once again let me just thank senator cain for his passion on this issue and his joints in terms of bringing this issue and fighting with all of us here on the floor and i would yield to the senator.
>> the senator from virginia. >> i will briefly conclude my comments recognizing my colleague from indiana is on the floor and i want to thank the senator from new mexico for his words. he spoke about the notion i just made a. i will be on the floor tomorrow and saturday and next week tuesday, wednesday and thursday to share stories that have been a shared with me and are being shared every day by virginians and in fact the agencies the senator from new mexico discussed and others but to clarify the motion i made earlier was to have a vote on the house bills that are pending before us. one is for a short-term appropriations for th the homeld security-related agencies and the other is for the full year the remainder of the appropriation for the following departments and agencies, the department of the interior, environmental protection agency, the department of the treasury including the irs, the judiciary, executive office of
the president we are trying to find the executive office of the president of the district of columbia, department of agriculture including the food stamp program, the food and drug administration could depend debate for transportation, and develop it, commerce, department of justice and fbi, science agencies including nasa, the department of state and several related independent agencies, that was the motion i made that was objected to by the majority leader. three items quickly, there are three levels of trust surreal illogic to the position that we are in. first is we are having a legitimate debate between the congress and president o presidr security and immigration reform. there are intellectually respectable differences of opinion. but if we are having a debate about why would we punish the workers that are charged with administering the food stamp program, why would we punish workers in the national forests
and parks, punish the citizens of those that need the services so the first level of illogic to the position we are in as they are punishing both workers and the citizens who need services completely unconnected with the border and immigration reform issue. so number two, if we are having a debate about safety and security on the border, why would we demand customs and border patrol folks work without pay? doethose that are affected and t of the agency dealing with the dispute over by all accounts the ngont line people dealingng with this come immigration judges, customs and border patrol folks, dea agents from the coast guard, fbi, u.s. marshals, why would we make their lives harder when they are the safety and security professionals who are charged with dealing with the issue we are trying to figure out and a
final level i want to thank all of my colleagues because a week ago by unanimous consent t conse tested al the president signed yesterday so now we've guarantee that the federal treasury will write a check for the paychecks for all these people. it's actually probably going to be more because to clos patristd research costs a bit more but we have agreed to pay back pay so if we are going to pay them anyway, why wouldn't we want them to be serving americans instead of furloughed? if we are going to pay them anyway and they are going to write the check wasn't to be better here in their offices answering the phone, processing food stamp applications serving their fellow americans then walked out of their office? we've are federal workers from striking because of the need for continuous government
obligations, but we are locking them out of their offices while we've agreed to give them full payment for the work they would have been doing had we not locked them out. that is not fiscally smart and with that i will yield the floor. >> the senator from alaska. a couple days ago i came to the floor to talk about the partial government shutdown and how it's impacting different parts of my state great statefe of alaska ad in particular how it is impacting the men and women of the u.s. coast guard. i recognized as we are trying to work through this partial government shutdown that a lot of federal workers are being impacted me talk about the coast guard because i think it is a little different than almost any other group of federal workers. on tuesday these brave men and amen did not receive